UK mare My Ambivalent is still a contender for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday, after passing a Racing Victoria veterinary examination on Tuesday morning.
My Ambivalent’s place on the 2014 Melbourne Cup field was put into question after she was scratched from the 2014 Caulfield Cup two weeks ago due to a stone bruise. However her connections set about making her fit for the ‘race that stops the nation’ and it all appears to have worked out.
RV chief veterinarian Dr Brian Stewart and Dr Grace Forbes watched My Ambivalent trot on the Werribee quarantine track before inspecting her in the stable.
Dr Stewart told TVN that My Ambivalent was “sound and in good order”.
The five-year-old boasts a nice lead-up record of one win and two minor placings from her four starts this year.
She finished third first-up in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2410m) before winning the Group 2 Middleton Stakes (2092m). She then finished third once again in the Group 1 Investec Coronation Cup (2423m) after getting slightly hampered as she approached the final furlong. She lost second at 1 furlong out, but kept on at the same pace for third.
Her last run was a fourth placing in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes (2011m) on June 29, which means she’s been off the field for just over four months. Connections aren’t concerned this will be an issue as the mare makes her first step up to two-mile racing.
My Ambivalent will again be checked by the RV vets on Thursday afternoon along with all the other internationals in the top 35 of the order of entry for the 2014 Melbourne Cup (30 horses).
Dr Stewart and Dr Forbes also checked out German horse Protectionist and Red Cadeaux while at Werribee, getting both to trot up before them. There had been a report that there was something amiss with Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) fourth Protectionist but Dr Stewart deemed it “idle gossip”.
“There doesn’t appear to be any issue with it and the stable hasn’t got an issue with it,” Dr Stewart said.
“We are just dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s.
“We also had a look at Red Cadeaux, but he is moving as well as he has for a long time.”
My Ambivalent is currently paying $41 to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup in betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au while Protectionist is on the second line of betting at $7, behind favourite Admire Rakti ($4.80). Red Cadeaux is at $19 alongside Willing Foe.
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